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date: 20 August 2019

Hodges, Faustina Hasselocked

  • Judith Tick

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(b Malmesbury, Aug 7, 1822; d Philadelphia, Feb 4, 1895). English organist and composer. (She was named after the famous 18th-century opera singer Faustina Bordoni, who married the composer Johann Adolf Hasse.) The daughter of the organist Edward Hodges, she followed his example and became a professional musician in New York and Philadelphia. She was a ‘professor’ of organ, piano and singing at Emma Willard’s Troy Seminary for Girls, New York, in 1852 and, in the late 1870s, she became a church organist in Philadelphia. She began composing in the 1850s and her works include several keyboard pieces, a few sacred songs and about 25 drawing-room songs. Some works were a commercial success, the most famous being the songs Dreams (Boston, 1859) and The Rose Bush (1859) and a sacred duet Suffer Little Children. (Ebel claimed that she had sales of over 100,000 for The Rose Bush...

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